King Street Restaurant Makes ‘bible’ Listing for 38th Consecutive Year

King Street Restaurant Makes ‘bible’ Listing for 38th Consecutive Year (Knutsford Guardian, 28/09/15

A KNUTSFORD restaurant has been included in the ‘bible’ for top places to eat out – for the 38th consecutive year.

Some of the dishes that caught the eye the experts when they visited the Belle Epoque include line caught Cornish seabass served with razor clams, pickled oysters, morels and a champagne froth, and desserts that include blackcurrant liquorice ice cream and Vimto jelly.

The Belle Epoque, Knutsford, Cheshire

The Belle Epoque, Knutsford, Cheshire

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BELLE EPOQUE AWARDED ‘TWO AA ROSETTES’

BELLE EPOQUE AWARDED ‘TWO AA ROSETTES’

The Belle Epoque has been awarded perhaps its most prestigious accolade of the past 42 years, in the form of Two AA Rosettes. What’s more, the hotel has also been awarded the AA’s Four Star rating.

The long-established and hugely prestigious Rosette Scheme recognises successful cooking at different levels across the UK. Success or failure in achieving Rosettes is based on an anonymous visit by an AA inspector.

A spokesperson for The AA said “Only about 10% of restaurants nationwide are of a standard that is worthy of one rosette and above, so to achieve two is indeed a huge achievement, and not to be underestimated”.

As an independent restaurant, the achievement is perhaps even more notable.

Proprietor and Managing Director Matthew Mooney said “When the inspector announced himself at the end of his stay and asked to speak to the owner…well, let’s just say Alex Ferguson coined a phrase for it! You know you, your team, your restaurant and the culmination of years of hard work are going to be judged by the most stringent industry standards. One must not forget that this is the same organisation that holds the likes of Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsey to account”.

The whole staff team have played their part and really stepped up to the challenge. This was reflected in the inspector giving our hotel the AA Four Star rating. Our housekeeping girls were delighted, and have already set their sights on a future Five Star rating”.

One team member in particular deserves special recognition following the award – Head Chef Kevin Lynn. “I’m personally delighted for our Head Chef Kevin Lynn who has placed himself under huge pressure to set the required standard” Matthew added.

The Belle Epoque are also keen to show thanks to their loyal customers, and as such will be having an ‘a la carte April’, opening on all Saturdays throughout the month.

“Without our extremely loyal and wonderful customers, The Belle Epoque would simply not exist. We are really looking forward to ‘a la carte April’, and it would be lovely to celebrate this time with old and new customers alike” Matthew said.

The Belle Epoque has also been named in the Michelin Guide for 2015 and The Good Hotel Guide.

Bookings for ‘a la carte April’ can be made by calling 01565 633060 or emailing info@thebelleepoque.com.

Winter portrait shoot at the Belle Epoque Monday, January 12, 2015

Photoshoot by Neil Refern Photography at the Belle Epoque, Knutsford, Cheshire

Winter portrait shoot at the Belle Epoque Monday, January 12, 2015

I recently took part in a really great styled shoot at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford. I always enjoy portrait shoots like these as I get to meet and work in a team alongside amazing suppliers and this shoot was no exception – everybody involved in the day was brilliant and I could not recommend them enough. Although it was a very cold day, we braved the chilly winter weather and took some photographs outside before heading in to the warmth of the Belle Epoque. We even had some snow too!

A huge thank you to all the fantastic suppliers who made the day what it was; make up by Maxine Smith, hair by Vicky M, styling by Jan Clarke, dresses from Pearl Bridal, flowers by Laurel Weddings and of course our two models, Jessica and Beth from Boss Model Management, who were absolutely amazing and so great to work with. It was also great to work alongside the brilliant photographer Toni Darcy and film maker Tom Loveridge.

Author Neil Redfern of Neil Redfern Photography

Photoshoot by Neil Refern Photography at the Belle Epoque, Knutsford, Cheshire

Photoshoot by Neil Refern Photography at the Belle Epoque, Knutsford, Cheshire

Lisa Stirling Vintage Celebrates ‘Classic Style’ at La Belle Epoque

Lisa Stirling Vintage celebrates classic style at The Belle Epoque 2014

Lisa Stirling Vintage celebrates classic style at The Belle Epoque 2014

Over 80 ladies turned out to support Lisa Stirling Vintage at her annual fashion show last Thursday at The Belle Epoque, Knutsford. The event saw personal stylist and shopper Lisa Stirling celebrate all things vintage, with a lavish Belle Epoque style lunch. The ladies got the chance to peruse the individual items and make purchases in between enjoying champagne and relaxed fashion shows. The event was in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society, and included a charity auction and raffle raise almost £500 for the cause. Prizes were donated far and wide, but locally included Bentley Manchester, Boo Hair, Cocoranti and POP Perfumery. Guests also included Downton Abbey’s Sue Johnston. Speaking about the event and her choice to host it at The Belle Epoque, Lisa Stirling exclaimed “Passion really is my true love and passion, and The Belle Epoque couldn’t be any more about love and passion if it tried! The venue suited this event perfectly, classic, stylish and individual!”.

THE BELLE EPOQUE & RUGBY LEGEND HENRY PAUL SAYS “HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY” TO KNUTSFORD RUGBY CLUB

mingling downstairsKnutsford Rugby Club celebrated its 10th anniversary at The Belle Epoque this month with a very special guest. New Zealand-born rugby legend Henry Paul attended the event on Friday (17th Oct) as guest speaker.

Born in New Zealand, Henry Paul was a dual code rugby league and rugby union international. Previously representing New Zealand in rugby league and England in rugby union XV’s and 7’s, he once held the world record for the most consecutive kicks on the field.

2 knr hpPaul’s experience playing for a host of leading teams including Harlequins, Wakefield, Wigan and Bradford as well as a successful coaching career which saw him take Russia to the 2011 Rugby World Cup should assure guests of an interesting and inspiring talk. Moments of controversy in his career including his speech at the 2007 Man of Steel Awards also contribute to making this an event not to be missed.

hp looking rightSpeaking after the event, The Belle Epoque’s Matthew Mooney said “We are delighted that Knutsford Rugby Club chose to celebrate such a special anniversary with us. The venue has welcomed many sporting legends over the years, and Henry Paul will surely be one that stays in the memory following such an entertaining enlightenment in to his rugby career. I speak on behalf of the whole team here when I say a very happy birthday to Knutsford Rugby Club, and here’s to the next ten years”.

Knutsford Rugby Club 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Knutsford Rugby Club will celebrate its 10th anniversary at The Belle Epoque this month with a very special guest joining in on the celebrations.

Henry Paul, a New Zealand-born rugby legend will attend the event as guest speaker on Friday 17th October.

Born in New Zealand, Henry Paul was a dual code rugby league and rugby union international. Previously representing New Zealand in rugby league and England in rugby union XV’s and 7’s, he once held the world record for the most consecutive kicks on the field.

Paul’s experience playing for a host of leading teams including Harlequins, Wakefield, Wigan and Bradford as well as a successful coaching career which saw him take Russia to the 2011 Rugby World Cup should assure guests of an interesting and inspiring talk. Moments of controversy in his career including his speech at the 2007 Man of Steel Awards also contribute to making this an event not to be missed.

Speaking ahead of the event, The Belle Epoque’s Matthew Mooney said

We are delighted that Knutsford Rugby Club are celebrating a very special anniversary with us here at The Belle Epoque. The venue has welcomed many sporting legends over the years, and we are extremely excited to be able to give Henry Paul a true Belle Epoque welcome later this month”.

Tickets for the event can be purchased from John Selby priced at just £25 each. Call John on 07966 131672.

Tickets also include a delicious 2 course supper.

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Celebrate autumn with The Belle Epoque…

Summer may be nearly over but there’s no need to feel blue! To celebrate the start of autumn, we are delighted to offer you a massive 25% off your a la carte food bill throughout September!

We are also very excited to be able to offer the following a la carte dining dates in addition to our mid week dining availability…

  • Friday 5th September
  • Friday 12th September
  • Saturday 13th September
  • Friday 19th September
  • Friday 26th September
  • Saturday 27th September

Pre-booking is essential, so call us today on 01565 633060 or email info@thebelleepoque.com, remembering to quote ‘BELLE 9’!

We look forward to seeing you…

Ts & Cs: This offer is not to be used in conjunction with any other offer and cannot be redeemed against our Artisan Menu. Pre Booking is required.

New Menu, New Era

a MM2 142We have just launch our newest a la carte menu and I know I’m biased, but it’s our best ever. Kevin Lynn has our Executive chef has fully embraced the belle Epoque ethos and driven the food to new levels. I’ve been sampling our food for over 30 years and am so proud of what we are now producing. The Chicken Liver Parfait, Guinea Fowl and Mess would be my choice for my last meal, could I be any more unequivocal than that.

Not only has our a la carte menu progressed, so have all our menus, from Private Dining through to Afternoon Tea and even our breakfast has had a huge overhaul and the feedback from customers has been stunning.

Indeed, our Mr Schofield, you will not meet a more honest, discerning diner, had not dined with us for many years until recently, he was hugely complimentary and those stars are extremely well earnt.

 

Congratulations Its August

Most restaurants don’t look forward to August in Cheshire, as most of the population evacuates to Abersoch, Marbella, Barbados, we however love it, as it is the peak of our wedding season.

We love what we do, that’s why we are enjoying our 40th year in the business, but weddings really are special and so rewarding. The feedback we receive on the day and after the day is immense, indeed, we received 12 thanks you’s from one wedding party and when you read the unbridled joy and appreciation you can’t help think it would bring a tear to Simon Cowell’s eye.

So roll on August we love you

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